Fairs and open houses offer specialty center information

To help students and their parents learn about the variety of high school options, Chesterfield County Public Schools will hold two information fairs plus open houses at every specialty center and governor’s school. Students who choose to apply to a specialty center or governor’s school do so in eighth grade, so middle school students and parents interested in learning more about these high school opportunities are invited to these events.

Information fairs offer general information and give families a chance to visit booths, ask questions and pick up information. All 13 specialty centers, both career and technical centers, both governor’s schools, CCPSOnline and the Transportation Department of Chesterfield County Public Schools will participate in two information fairs:

  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Manchester High, 12601 Bailey Bridge Road
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Monacan High, 11501 Smoketree Drive

Open houses at specialty centers and governor’s schools provide in-depth information about each site:

  • 7 p.m. Oct. 20 for the Health and Physical Therapy Specialty Center at Monacan High, 11501 Smoketree Drive
  • 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 for the International Baccalaureate Program at Meadowbrook High, 4901 Cogbill Road
  • 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 for the International Baccalaureate Program at Midlothian High, 401 Charter Colony Parkway
  • 7 p.m. Oct. 22 for the Humanities Specialty Center at Monacan High, 11501 Smoketree Drive
  • 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 for the Mathematics and Science High School at Clover Hill High, 13301 Kelly Green Lane
  • 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 for the Information Technology Specialty Center at Matoaca High, 17700 Longhouse Lane
  • 7 p.m. Oct. 28 for the Leadership and International Relations Specialty Center at James River High, 3700 James River Road
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 4 for the Health Science Specialty Center at Cosby High, 14300 Fox Club Parkway
  • 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 for Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology, 512 W. Washington St. in Petersburg
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 9 for the Spanish Immersion Specialty Center at Manchester High, 12601 Bailey Bridge Road
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 9 for the Mass Communications Specialty Center at Manchester High, 12601 Bailey Bridge Road
  • 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 for the Meadowbrook Academy for Digital Entrepreneurship at Meadowbrook High, 4901 Cogbill Road
  • 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 for Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies, 1000 N. Lombardy St. in Richmond
  • 6 p.m. Nov. 12 for the Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies at Lloyd C. Bird High, 10301 Courthouse Road
  • 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 for the Visual and Performing Arts Specialty Center at Thomas Dale High (main campus), 3626 W. Hundred Road
Arts — The Visual and Performing Arts Specialty Center offers instruction in visual arts, music, theater and dance.Spanish — Several students from the Spanish Immersion Specialty Center studied abroad in La Herradura, Spain, over the summer and earned the Seal of Biliteracy. Leadership — Leadership and International Relations Specialty Center students develop leadership skills through experiences that include an outdoor challenge course.

Applications for specialty centers will be available at mychesterfieldschools.com starting Oct. 15. Applications for governor’s schools will be available starting Oct. 15 in middle school counseling offices. Dec. 1 is the deadline to apply to attend a specialty center or governor’s school for the 2016-2017 school year. Students will find out in March if they have been accepted. More information about the specialty centers and governor’s schools is available here: http://mychesterfieldschools.com/schools/specialty-centers/.